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Should Karl Rove Testify About the Attorney General Firings?

Karl Rove has been the Teflon presidential adviser, so far avoiding a contempt of Congress charge and dodging subpoenas by arguing that former presidential advisers cannot be compelled to testify to Congress. Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers issued another subpoena, demanding that Rove testify under oath on Feb. 2 about the firing of US attorneys in the Bush Justice Department.

Conyers says this time things are different. He argued that the "absolute immunity" position:

has been rejected by US District Judge John Bates and President Obama has previously dismissed the claim as "completely misguided". . . Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it. After two years of stonewalling, it's time for him to talk.

Do you agree that it's time for Rove to give a deposition? No matter what you think, it should be interesting to see whether or not President Obama supports Rove's executive privilege claim.


Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Make him testify. He is NOT above the law of the country, certainly not when he was part of this government, and the very fact he refuses, the very use of a phrase such as "absolute immunity" should make every single citizen's skin crawl. If he hasn't broken any laws - then come on Karl - step up, you've got nothing to hide...right? Right?? /crickets
stephley stephley 8 years
Interesting that you would suggest that a potential suspect refuse to cooperate until charges have been brought against them. One would think a person who claims to support law and order would want potential suspects to cooperate with authorities. :(
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Appointing a special prosecuter to investigate does not mean that any laws have been broken, even if they thin they have "significant evidence". When/if they have enough evidence to press charges, then, and only then should they have to answer for anything they have done.
stephley stephley 8 years
It is their job if laws were broken on his watch - back in September, Attorney General Michael Mukasey appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the US attorney firings after a report by the Justice Department found "significant evidence" that several of the attorneys fired in 2006 were let go for partisan or political reasons. That was Bush's third Attorney General and Justice Dept watchdogs in year six of the Bush Administration - hardly a lynch mob. If Rove is certain everything was proper, let him reassure Congress and the American people. We paid his salary, not Bush.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"Members of Congress are our elected officials with Constitutional duties to perform on our behalf." I agree, and hope that they get performing those Constitutional duties. Prosecuting Rove is not one of those duties.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Karl Rove is a bad wannabe imitation of Lee Atwater. Lee would probably be so disappointed in Karl as his successor. Rove will not respond to a subpoena - ever.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Problem is its a 'lynch mob' with a subpeona. So unless he is really above the law, the law states he needs to give a deposition.
stephley stephley 8 years
Members of Congress are our elected officials with Constitutional duties to perform on our behalf. If the claims are outlandish, Rove should be willing to put them to rest. If they are not, he should proudly defend himself, IF he actually believes he behaved within the law and on behalf of the American people. Otherwise, he appears to be afraid of the truth.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"I would think a patriot like Rove would be happy to work with Congress and testify. I hope that patriots in Congress are ready to see to it that he does. " It's not patriotic to go before a lynch mob. I don't see him getting a fair deal. Going before Congress would only provide legitimacy to the outlandish claims currently levied against him.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>"Absolute immunity"? Now there's a euphemism for "above the law." Agreed. I adore John Conyers.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
On this issue yeah he needs to talk. This is not a matter of National Security this is basically (office politics) on steriods and somebody played dirty. We need to find out who so we can officially slap their hand and make them look stupid, lol.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I will say I love the term 'Roveian', just trips off the tongue.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"Absolute immunity"? Now there's a euphemism for "above the law."
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
i know what the term is caterpillar lol i do speak english lol. I still don't see what Obama has done that's made him teflon that is illegal if it was people who were balanced in their views and weren't hard line conservatives accusing him of things or if they went about it in a better way, maybe then you would all get what you wanted but until they learn to criticise without looking looking or sounding like racist a-holes, obama will still smell sweet. Anyway it would be sweet to see Karl go down, really sweet, if eyes are the window o the soul then he has none.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Nyara, Teflon is used to describe someone that criticism doesnt seem to stick too. So it can be used for him regardless of how many days he has been pres.
stephley stephley 8 years
Cool Wren, then we add perjury to the list against him.
wren1 wren1 8 years
This guy makes my blood boil :mob: Of course he should have to testify. Unfortunately, putting someone under oath doesn't guarantee that they'll be honest.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
well since barack has been in office for 7 days today calling him the teflon pres is a wee bit premature. Karl Rove is just something else, there are no polite words i can use to describe him but he isn't presideent so he shouldn't have immunity, he better be ready to open that fat gob of his and sing.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I really want their to be justice in the whole situation...but this is only the 7th day Obama has been in office! I think that the economy and foreign policy needs to be the focus right now. Let people slowly build their case, of course, but I think that showing your hand before all the Obama justice staff has been appointed is a bit risky, IMO. Let's not screw this up.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I understand the idea of executive immunity when its something that might have to do with national security. I don't understand how this should apply in this case, makes people seem above the law. I'm somehow reminded of Frost/Nixon.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
Stephley you are so right! I think that Bush set the teflon President standard with Rove and Cheney right along side of him.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
That's cool, you must've posted at almost the exact same time as chanc, but just a milisecond before.
stephley stephley 8 years
Huh, I've never seen a double post split itself.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
the only teflon guy I know of is the teflon president Obama
stephley stephley 8 years
I would think a patriot like Rove would be happy to work with Congress and testify. I hope that patriots in Congress are ready to see to it that he does.
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